Art and the Vineyard 2015 With July 4th Freedom Festival Fireworks

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The Maude Kerns Art Center is proud to present the 32nd annual Art and the Vineyard Festival on Friday through Sunday, July 3 – 5, on the banks of the Willamette River at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Comcast is the Title Sponsor of the Art and the Vineyard Festival for the eighth year.

On Saturday, July 4, Art and the Vineyard teams up with Eugene’s Active 20-30 Club to present Freedom Festival Fireworks, a spectacular display of fireworks at dusk in the skies over Alton Baker Park.

Highlights of the Festival include:

The Artists’ Marketplace: The heart of the festival, showcasing the artwork of over 90 artists from eight states working in a wide spectrum of mediums, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, handcrafted wood furniture, silver and gemstone jewelry, hand-built and thrown ceramics, nature photography, custom blown glass, hand-crocheted purses, designer hats, illustration and book art, and steel sculpture. Artists’ Marketplace artist Barton DeGraaf, from Bend, Oregon, has created the festival image this year, an original watercolor titled Cab Frog. Hours of the Artists’ Marketplace are 11:00am – 8:30pm Friday and Saturday and 11:00am – 6:30pm on Sunday.

Art For Your Garden: Twenty-six artists show a variety of artwork for outdoor display and use within a unique landscape design that includes native plants and flowers provided by Johnson Brothers Greenhouses and Pierce Street Gardens. The sponsor of Art For Your Garden is Equinox Real Estate. This year there are seven new artists, including Mark Andrew, whose studio specializes in limestone, steel, bronze, and granite sculpture. Hours of Art For Your Garden are 11:00am – 8:30pm Friday and Saturday and 11:00am – 6:30pm on Sunday.

Main Stage Entertainment and strolling musicians: The 2015 Art and the Vineyard includes entertainment on the Main Stage as well as strolling musicians and features blues, jazz, rock, folk, soul, Americana, acoustic, and dance music. Headlining on Friday, July 3rd is Indie rock singer-songwriter Blue-Eyed Son; on Saturday, July 4th is the Sugar Beets with Halie Loren, celebrating 25 years of entertaining audiences with their high energy acoustic music; and on Sunday, July 5th is Seattle-based folksinger Ian McFeron & Band.

Wine Court: Taste the quality, diversity, and special character of Oregon wines in the Wine Court, where twenty-seven wineries are represented. In addition, WildCraft Cider Works of Eugene offers artisanal ciders. Six new vineyards are participating in 2015. Festival goers can buy wine by the glass, bottle, or case. Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company is the Wine Court sponsor. In addition to their presence in the Wine Court, Territorial Vineyards has a special wine bar in the Art For Your Garden area.

Hop Valley Beer Garden: Located next to the Main Stage, the Hop Valley Beer Garden offers many varieties of beer. This year drop by to taste samples of their local brew.

International Food Court: Enjoy a delectable array of the area’s finest flavors from barbeque to fish tacos, and from Peruvian cuisine to Asian selections. Returning to the International Food Court is the Red Wagon Creamery, offering handcrafted, artisan ice creams made with organic ingredients. Cosmos Creations is sponsoring the International Food Court. With 18 vendors, the International Food Court has something to satisfy any taste.

Youth Art Arena: Interactive art activities for kids and families are provided by community organizations in this fun-filled area of the festival. Bi-Mart is the sponsor of the Youth Art Arena. Participating this year, in addition to Maude Kerns Art Center, are: A Family for Every Child, Artists4Action, BRING Recycling, Georgies Ceramics and Clay of Eugene, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Greenhill Humane Society, ISMT – Preschool, MUSE: Museums of Lane County, RideAble, and Zany Zoo. Youth Art Arena hours are 11:00 am – 7:00 pm on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday,

July 4th, and 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 5th.

Youth Stage: Music, theater, and dance performances that are geared to youth are guaranteed to entertain kids of all ages. This year entertainment is provided by: Ballet North West Academy, Divisi, Greenhill Humane Society, Erin Gruber & Stella Drapkin, the Guitar Center, Harmony Roadhouse Music Studios, Hosanna Youth Performers, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Dragon Puppet Theatre, Man of Words, Upstart Crow Studios, and Zany Zoo.

Special Attractions: A diverse group of artists make themselves available for your pleasure, amusement, and education. The Art Center’s Ceramics Cooperative, Club Mud, exhibits the work of its member potters and provides wheel-throwing demonstrations. Oregon Authors’ Table showcases 33 Oregon authors, who will be present at selected times over the three-day festival to discuss their work and autograph books.

Hours of the Art and the Vineyard Festival are Friday, July 3rd, 11:00 am – 9:30pm; Saturday, July 4th, 11:00 am through the Fireworks; and Sunday, July 5th, 11:00am – 6:30pm. A single day ticket is $7 on July 3rd and July 5th and $9 on July 4th. A discounted 3-day pass is $16; children 6 – 11 years old are $1, and children under 6 years old are free. The Art and the Vineyard Festival is a fundraiser for the Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene’s first non-profit community center for the visual arts. For more information, contact the Art Center at 541-345-1571 or see the website at www.artandthevineyard.org.

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